Inspire U began in 2008 as a partnership between the San Antonio Mayor’s Office, mentoring organizations and businesses for the purpose of recruiting business people to mentor middle school students. The program was initially patterned after CPS Energy’s Connecting the Dots Job Shadowing Program (CTD). Begun in 2007, the program paired employees with 13 at-risk students from Edison High School in the San Antonio Independent School District to encourage students to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. The program was designed to help students to begin to connect the dots between career and the importance of getting an education.
About six years ago, UTSA faculty and staff began to mentor 7th grade students at Mark Twain middle school. During that time, mentors have assisted their mentees in college and career exploration, public speaking, encouraging school attendance and encouraging them to dream bigger. We are thrilled to report that this August 2015, these 8 students will be high school seniors at Edison High School. As they prepare to graduate, we will not only focus on helping them to prepare for college but also help them to learn to give back to their community by building a garden at their school. This garden will provide students an opportunity to design a garden, learn about which plants would work best in our climate, learn to work together as a team to accomplish their goal, learn how to cultivate and care for a garden so that when they are adults they can grow their own garden and so many more lessons that building a garden will teach.
To do this, Superior Health Plan has agreed to be the Champion Sponsor of the Inspire U Mentoring Garden at Edison High School for $1500.00. Pictured with Belinda Harmon, Director of Community Outreach, is Maribel Palomo of Superior Health Plan.